Author Archives: Megan Frederick

[Audio Blog] Workplace Retaliation in New York

This week, New York employment attorney and The Noble Law partner Cathryn Harris-Marchesi explains what protections New York employees have against retaliation in the workplace. New York state law encourages employees to come forward in the event that they are experiencing or witnessing discrimination in their workplace. If an employee feels as if they are experiencing unfairness or discrimination in the workplace, they can make a verbal or written complaint to their employer’s internal Human Resources without fear of retaliation, …
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The Global Impact of COVID-19 on Women

Alongside being a partner and lead New York attorney at The Noble Law, Cathryn Harris-Marchesi is an active member and United Nations delegate with the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, which focuses on worldwide issues related to women, children, and gender. After the CSW’s sixty-fifth session (CSW65) at the United Nations in New York, and intense set of high-level discussions lasting two weeks, March 15 through March 26 2021, New York is about to issue …
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Sexual Harassment Law 2020 Update in New York

In 2020, the state of New York took a progressive stance on laws regarding sexual harassment and domestic violence through new legislation outlining unlawful discriminatory practices. In this week’s audio blog, employment law attorney and partner at The Noble Law, Cathryn Harris-Marchesi, reviews these recent changes to New York state law. Do you need legal assistance with an employment matter related to sexual harassment? At The Noble Law, our sexual harassment attorneys listen and respond to sexual harassment victims with …
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Employer Mandated Vaccine Programs

Following up on his discussion with WRAL, associate employment attorney Evan Dancy further explains the implications of employer-mandated vaccine programs. Topics of Discussion: Can an employer institute a vaccine mandate to their employees? What protections are given to employees under the ADA? What if an employee has a disability that prevents them from receiving the vaccine? What is an employee has a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from receiving the vaccine? Are there any practical considerations employers should …
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Mandatory Vaccination Programs in the Workplace

On Thursday, March 12th, The Noble Law’s associate employment attorney, Evan Dancy, appeared on WRAL to explain the legal implications of mandatory vaccination programs in the workplace. Gerald Owens: Can your employer require you to get the COVID vaccine once it’s widely available? It’s an issue that prompts strong emotions from a lot of people. WRAL’s Amanda Lamb looked into this earlier today. Here’s what she found out about the legal ramifications and the potential incentives. Amanda Lamb: 97-year-old Ann …
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Non-Compete Agreements in North Carolina

Employment attorney Laura Noble kicks off our new Noble Notes audio blog series with a discussion on non-compete agreements in North Carolina. To be considered eligible in North Carolina, non-compete agreements must be in writing, reasonable in time and territory, of valuable consideration, and for the company’s legitimate business interests. Topics of Discussion: Are non-compete agreements enforceable in North Carolina? Who decides whether a non-compete agreement can be enforced? What should you do before signing a non-compete agreement? What should …
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Concerted Activity Under the National Labor Relations Act During Covid-19

Enacted in 1935, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects the rights of employees and employers. The NLRA encourages collective bargaining and aims to protect the welfare of workers and businesses from certain damaging employment practices. The NLRA is enforced by the National Relations Labor Board (NLRB). This federal agency protects employees and employers from unfair labor practices, including by investigating any complaints and charges related to unfair labor practices. The NLRB is made up of five members who are …
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First Amendment Right to Free Speech in the Employment Context

Recently, there has been an abundance of discourse surrounding the topic of free speech under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Very few seem to understand, or remember, that the United States Constitution was written with the sole intent to protect private individuals from overreaching actions performed by the Government, whether federal, State, or local. Therefore, the Constitution only applies to Government actions against private individuals. In the employment context, this means a private employer can restrict the …
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Remote Work as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA During COVID-19

Remote Work as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA During the COVID-19 Pandemic When it comes to reasonable accommodations under the ADA during the COVID-19 pandemic, remote working may or may not qualify. On September 8, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the EEOC, stated that businesses are not required to automatically allow an employee to work remotely as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Whether remote working arrangements are reasonable accommodations is a fact-specific inquiry that should be …
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The North Carolina Wage and Hour Act and Pay Upon Termination

The provisions of the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act (NCWHA) set out an employer’s obligations to employee’s regarding their pay and other promised wages. The act regulates the state minimum wage, required overtime pay, payments of promised wages and other benefits, youth and employment, and required recordkeeping. Additionally, the act applies to all employers in the State of North Carolina. If an employer violates the provisions of the NCWHA, the employee may file a civil lawsuit to recover the …
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